Tuesday, January 15, 2013
DT Vanderdoes adds fifth official visit
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) decommitted from USC last month, it didn’t take long for Alabama to reach out. The Crimson Tide offered Vanderdoes a scholarship back in February.
On Monday, Bama defensive line coach Chris Rumph paid a visit to the ESPN 150 star out in California.
Eddie Vanderdoes, a former USC commit, has made two official visits and has his others planned.
“It went well,” Vanderdoes said. “I liked what he had to say. Coach Rumph is a great guy. He really opened my eyes to the program a lot more. He really showed me where I fit into the scheme. He sees potential in me. It was really great talking to him.”
Since re-opening his recruitment, Vanderdoes has narrowed his list to five schools -- Alabama, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC and Washington.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive lineman has already taken official visits to UCLA and Washington.
He’s expected to take his official visit to USC this weekend, and he's also set up trips to both Notre Dame (Jan. 25) and Alabama (Feb. 2).
The trip to Tuscaloosa in February will be his first, and he’s already looking forward to it.
“The main thing, I want to be around the players to see how I fit in,” Vanderdoes said. “Obviously they have great facilities. I’d love to play for Coach Rumph. He’s a great guy. He’s my type of personality. He’s the kind of guy I’d love to be around for the four years that I’m there.
“I just really want to sit down with Coach [Nick] Saban and the rest of the staff and just talk and see how I fit in with everything, the plan they have for me, what I can bring to their university and what they can give back. That’s what I’m really looking for.”
Vanderdoes doesn’t plan to make a decision until the week after his final visit.
“Signing day is the plan,” he said. “If I have to go a day or two after, I might do that, but right now the plan is signing day.”